The Sunday Leader

Has Peace Brought Happiness To Sri Lanka?

Tourists and soldiers at Cinnamon Lakeside, taken by Indi Samarajiva during Fonseka siege

by Frederica Jansz

Since the bloody 30 year war ended in a shoot-out in a remote mangrove in the North, in Colombo we have all been enjoying a semblance of peace. Of course there are yet no strong institutions which would boost Sri Lanka’s democracy. Good discipline is sadly lacking at all levels for peace to grow.

The bottom line is this. Discipline should be part and parcel set down in the laws of the country.  Unfortunately, we have a situation where laws in this country are still arbitrarily invoked and applied by individuals or authorities.

Mahinda Rajapaksa should take note and ensure that good governance, setting out a legal framework is the basis for a stable and peaceful future. Peace in this country is certainly not going to last or grow based on a military victory.

Having said that, it is not just the Rajapaksas who appear to be walking around with wool over their eyes.
As I have said before, we Sri Lankans are absolute suckers. Our “elected” leaders are robbing us right in front our eyes and all we do is complain at the dinner table. We must be the only people who “elect” leaders and allow them (or is it beg them?) to treat us like their slaves. His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa and his clan to Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and his incompetent hangers-on  are all living off us. While our quality of life is diminishing daily, theirs is improving by the hour. And all we do is keep “electing” them over and over and over. No wonder they treat us like dirt.

Many Sri Lankans would disagree with me. Walk into any five star hotel in Colombo and the huge lobbies are dazzling with bright lights, fancy weddings are on full pelt, with drummers and small children dressed up in vibrant coloured clothing and Colombo’s elite and not so elite sashaying up and down in the latest sari styles.

Everybody who is anybody and who recognises a somebody are greeting each other like long lost friends.  At Colombo’s five start hotels in particular, locals and foreign visitors are spending Sri Lanka’s peace dividend like there is no tomorrow.

So the hotel lobbies awash with pink-faced foreigners in shorts is nothing new. But – when I go out – and meet with friends and colleagues, equally familiar is the shadow of fear that hovers behind every conversation. It does not stop at that. I frequently and consistently am bombarded with editorial matter where people across the board from all walks of life plead for their identity to remain anonymous or if having authored an article themselves for it to be carried under a pseudonym.  Only last week a leading editor of a weekend newspaper actually asked one of my journalists not to name him in reference to Keheliya Rambukwella’s recently proposed Media Development Authority.

And that is peculiar

The war is over, the enemy vanquished – exterminated, one might say – the island reunited for the first time in a generation. Why is almost everybody across the board still afraid to speak out or be identified as having done so publicly?  When one of the most senior editors in this country requests anonymity on a matter of press freedom it surely brings to the fore that the war maybe over but we have created another monster much more dangerous and destructive for our country.  And that monster is feared by one and all.

Specially, Sri Lanka’s journalistic fraternity – who don’t forget have paid a heavy price under this regime.
This government has literally got away with murder.  Ten journalists have been murdered over the last decade for their coverage of civil war, human rights, politics, military affairs, and corruption. Not a single conviction has been obtained in any of the cases.

Days after the war ended, declaring a new age of peace, President Mahinda Rajapaksa  sounded almost Churchillian. “This is our country,” he told parliament last May. “This is our motherland. We should live in this country as children of one mother. No differences of race, caste and religion should prevail here… All the people of this country should live in safety without fear and suspicion… Let us all get together and build up this nation.”

But more than a year on, the shadow of fear still won’t go away.

What makes the Rajapaksa regime specially sick is that sovereignty is been used to deprive the people of this country their basic democratic rights and establish a one family dictatorship at any cost.Although peace returned to Sri Lanka a little over a year ago – it has not so far been the bright new dawn one might have imagined.

True, tourists numbers have soared – but the tourists never went away altogether. The UK based Independent newspaper in a recent report by its journalist Peter Popham wrote how Sri Lanka was always too beautiful and too much of a bargain to be snubbed. A lively civil war is normally the kiss of death to tourism, but the island’s loyal following worked out early on that all the fighting was going on far away, in the east and in the north, which is mostly scrubby and flat. That left the most gorgeous parts – the central and southern highlands, the tea country, the southern and south-eastern beaches – to enjoy.

But fear runs silent over this island nation.  Like the fear of silent blood – it stalks the floor of this nation growing on a like by like basis – afraid to take the unconventional approach and meet its tormentor head on.

There’s the prominent businessman who got a dinner invitation from one of the Rajapaksa clan: “The President has a family member in a controlling position in every important institution in the country,” he told me. He didn’t want to accept but didn’t dare refuse.

There’s the top journalist who has installed CCTV outside his home: that way if a white van comes to get him – the goons who abduct journalists always come in white vans – at least he will get a little warning. And there’s the other journalist who contributed anonymously to The Independent last year, having fled Sri Lanka fearing for his life. He then returned to the island but, through poor luck or poor judgement, got into the bad books of the ruling family again. Where is he? Is he one of the disappeared? Or simply in hiding? He’s certainly not responding to e-mails or answering any of his phone numbers. There is the manager of a hotel who spoke eloquently about how everyone around him told him to shut up and keep his controversial opinions to himself.

Of course we do have the bright but slightly seedy spectacle of those who fraternise Colombo’s hotels, the island’s prosperous fatties shoulder to shoulder with the pink visitors as they tuck into the hotel’s super-size Sunday buffet brunch. And we have the stubborn prospect of fear, well-founded, mortal fear laying siege even to the braver and more thoughtful members of the community. Neither of these faces of the island is new; but the persistence of fear, as peace sinks its roots in Sri Lanka, is disquieting. The question is this: where is President Rajapaksa planning to take a Sri Lanka that has finally found peace?

73 Comments for “Has Peace Brought Happiness To Sri Lanka?”

  1. Singam

    Peace in Sri Lanka? Still the Rajapakse government keep thousands of Tamils in secret camps and hundreds of Tamil women with children are being kept in prisons for many years without any indictment. How long will the Sinhalese government keep all these Tamils in camps and prisons? For what reason? Peace for the Sinhalese only? What a shame!

    • The other day, acting British Prime Minister Nick Clegg had declared in the British Parliament that the war against Iraq was illegal. Before Clegg’s declaration, an investigation conducted by former Dutch Supreme Court judge Willibod Davids into the Netherland’s support for the 2003 war had found that the Iraq war had manifestly violated international law. That means, over half a million killed in that war were out right murders. And those held secretly in camps like the one in Guwantanamo bay, Cuba are illegal. That means, those who gave the order to wage that war are killers. That means, Bush, Blair, Sarcosy and et al are all ‘war criminals’.

    • Peter Casie Chetty

      I suppose you like to see the LTTE back. Will that be Freedom? Then there will be more refugee camps. The Rajapakses are the best thing that happened to our Nation. The Tamils held are terrorists. They have to be punished for their crimes and those of the LTTE.

      • Leela

        Peter Casie Chetty: Many a wepons are still being unearthed by the army. Imagine what LTTE cadres that are presently held captice in camps would do if they are let loose before those bombs were removed.

    • Mahinda

      i don’t think so this will happen if the tamils won’t get a Homeland on their. these sinhalese will keep as slaves. or LTTE should comeback and give these so-called majority people a lesson.

  2. P.L.J.B.Palipana

    Mr.Singam Don’t forget that this regime is the most foolish regime in the UNIVERSE.

    • nandasena

      Not ony foolish, but corrupt and wicked as well!!!

      • James

        Palipana, did you just prove that you’re the most foolish commenter in the universe? haha!

        • Singam

          James is used to be the name for servants and butlers. You make no difference, a true servant of a foolish, corrupt and wicked regime. Thanks for the few people who respect human rights and talking rationally.

        • Jehan Usman

          I too agree with Mr Palipana & Mr nandasena. This regime is not only foolish and corrupt but trying to fool the entire population of SL yet they will not be successful in the long run. I compare this regime (i dont like to call this regime a govt bcos i strongly believe that people didnt vote for this regime) with Mrs B’s 70s poverty govt which implemented many impractical things which later brought the govt to its knees, outcome was a landslide victory to JR. Similar fate will happen to this regime as well. Honestly speaking there are only a handful of educated pragmatic ministers around (like Dr Amunugama/Mahinda Samarasekera..) They too are kept away from important decesion making. With Gota, WW, Basil, DM (PM) do you honestly think that will we have a solid Economic policy, a proper Education system, Foriegn Relations or a Sound Development plan (garbage dumping/evacuation of beggars/cearing the pavements are not development plans – they are basics)
          Nope – Nothing. Once thing is sure – Hopelessness and a dark era ahead.
          For some plonkers This regime is the UNIVERSE!

        • T. Joseph

          PEACE BROUGHT PERMANENT EMPLOYMENT TO THE RAJAPAKSE FAMILY FOR ANOTHER 25 YEARS AND FOREIGN STUDIES FOR MINISTERS CHILDREN. WEERAWANSE’S SON IS ADMITTED TO A LEADING SCHOOL IN THE UK WITH TAX PAYERS MONEY.

          MISERY AND SUFFERINGS FOR 300,000 INNOCENT TAMILS AND INCARCERATION BEHIND ELECTRIFIED BARBED WIRE FENCES FOR REST OF THEIR LIVES.

          PEACE IS FAR AWAY.

    • gundappa

      oh my dear friend paliya from Vancouver

      did u know he also has a degree

  3. One of the top best articles I’ve have ever read

  4. Lankan

    The Sinhalese created a monster in the name of Rajapakse to defeat the Tamils. Then once again in the last election, they fed the monster with all their votes to keep it in power.
    Do Lankans think that now they are done with the monster, they could easily get rid of it?
    The monster is there to stay and it’s stronger than ever!!!

  5. Ian D.S

    In retrospect let us see in real terms what this government has achieved since the so called peace dawned on this country.
    1. A defense budget allocation that surpassed all wartime defense budgets.
    2. Loss of GSP plus resulting in daily closure of garment factories.
    3. Escalation in prices of Bread/Gas/and most essentials.
    4. Appointment of UN panel to probe rights abuses.
    5. Demolition of legal/illegal structures of people occupying them for decades.
    6. Budget allocation to family held ministries totaling 70% 0f budget.
    7. Further suppression of media and journalists.
    8. Targeted registration of Tamils thus discriminating minorities.
    9. Embracing friends like China, Myanmar, Iran, Russia. (Birds of feather…….)
    10. Slowly killing the population with increasing COL and repression.
    Keep up the good work.

  6. CitizenSrilanka

    My friends Rajapaksa did what Srilankan citizens wanted first, kicking out LTTE on the Srilankan Soil. We have to thank him for that. But what ever he is doing after that are not permitted by the Srilankan Citizens and not even requested by the Srilankan Citizens, but by his family members.That is the difference.

    • lk

      basically what you’re saying is that….

      Mr.President fulfills everyone’s’ expectations.

      • CitizenSrilanka

        This is how he fulfills his family expectations,have fun in this “Country of no human rights and ” NO” to media.OK
        Siyatha attacked: Owners say they won’t be cowed

        July 30, 2010, 12:00 pm

        By Norman Palihawadana

        Co-owner of Siyatha media organization popular actress Sangeetha Weeraratne commenting on yesterday’s predawn attack on her studios at Hunupitiya said that she could not be put down by such cowardly acts of violence.

        The first floor of the three storeyed building where the Siyatha TV studio is located was badly damaged in the attack but the Siyatha Radio Station on an upper floor suffered minor damages.

        According to the security personnel on duty at that time, six armed men came in two cars and launched the attack on the studios around 1.30 am. They had lobbed petrol bombs triggering a fire that engulfed part of the building. The Fire Brigade managed to bring the fire under control by dawn.

        Three security guards were injured in the fire and two of them are receiving treatment at the National Hospital for burn injuries while one who had received minor injuries was discharged.

        Co-owner Roshan Kariyapperuma, husband of film actress Sangeetha Weeraratne, said that it was a great loss for them. Million worth camera equipment had been destroyed in the fire along with other valuable equipment. He said though the exact damage had not been yet estimated, it could run into millions of rupees. “However, we cannot be stopped by these cowardly acts. We will forge ahead”, he told The Island.

        He said neither the building nor the studio nor the equipment had been insured.

        Media spokesman SP Prishantha Jayakody said that several police teams had been deployed to investigate the incident and the Government Analyst’s assistance sought.

        Commenting on yesterday’s incident at the Siyatha media organization, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and UNP MP Karu Jayasuriya while recalling the attacks on Sirasa called upon the government to hold a thorough investigation into yesterday’s incident and bring the perpetrators to book.

        Rehabilitation and Prisons Minister D. E. W. Gunasekera condemned the attack and assured that a thorough investigation would be conducted.

  7. Saro

    The author is right that the monster who is holding power is more dangerous than the one exterminated. The former was banned by the whole world and hated by almost all the locals but the latter is enjoying unchallenged power to finish off anyone who he fears. This monster interns or finishes off suspects without any witness to how how they are tortured or disposed.

  8. Raj

    Sri Lanka resembles a total failure of rule of law. The only law prevails in Sri Lanka is Law of the Jungle. See the following link for International Commission of Jurists recent publication on Rule of Law in Sri Lanka by Kishali Pinto Jayawardena
    http://www.icj.org/IMG/Sri_Lanka_COI_18.01.09-2.pdf

  9. Bryan Johansson

    The question must be, has war brought happiness to Sri Lanka? The answer is no. An over night fix won’t last too long. The peace dividends is process which takes a while.

  10. LankaLiar

    Has there ever been peace in Sri Lanka. What Sri Lanka needs is civilaization before evry thing. MR family is in peace the country is in pieces People are happy to see some one killed rather than someone including themself live. A peculiar country in the planet. Needs total reform and rehabilitation. Menik farm is a good place to start.

  11. Vasanthakumar.

    The political system in the country based on inhumane. The leaders are enjoying with the government’s income and the promises were broken. To trust in justice it is a superstitious one. Who say peace has brought happiness to the country. Unless the government’s promises are achieved there is no peace in the country.

  12. CitizenSrilanka

    My friends peace cannot be established or maintained by foolish “Voters” and “Selfish” corrupted uneducated politicians.When those two characters get combined, that is “Rajapaksa Administration in Srilanka”

  13. THERE IS NO PEACE THERE UNTILL MINORITIES GRANTED EQUALL RIGHTS.

    • Kalag

      Minorities have equal rights in Sri Lanka. But they want more. That why there is no peace dividend in this country.
      It is all well and good for people to use fancy English and slag off the government. But the work is very hard. The dispora Tamils, western countries and Indians are waiting to create havoc again. We have to be vigilant. The media always look for dramatic stories to boost circulation and create them. But these dramas are giving the chances to our new enemies.

      • muzammil

        want to live without all of them?Born to live with them and it’s only a matter
        of learning the art of doing it the RIGHT WAY.

      • amir

        Kalag, Dont paint all minorites with the same tarbrush.. Not every minority is unreasonable and demands that the country be broken into pieces. Most minorities really want peace. So do watch how you frame your words.

    • muzammil

      That’s the right prescription DR.

    • If you mean you rights are to have 13A+, federal, con- federal etc, I say you are gazing at a mirage. However, if you are talking about equal rights in the eyes of the law of the land, I say you already have them. In case if there are any rights that I have but you don’t, then I shall stand just behind you to protest against it.

      • Yohan

        Leela: I think you must be living inside a Rajapakse temple and typing your crap. Why not look around the country and see tha damage it doing day by day . Its like falling from the frying pan the the fire. This is what happens when half educated people run the country and monkies climb up banna trees.

    • T. Joseph

      OVER 40,000 TAMILS BEEN KILLED BY THE SRI LANKAN GOVT. DURING THE FINAL STAGES OF WAR IN MULLI VELLI VAAKKAAL USING CHEMICAL BOMBS SUPPLIED BY INDIA AND CHINA. OVER 200,000 TAMILS INCACERATED BEHIND ELECTRIFIED BARBED WIRE FENCES AND TORTURED BECAUSE THEY ARE TAMILS.

      TAMILS DOES NOT WANT EQUAL RIGHTS BUT LET THEM LIVE FREELY AND SETTLE THEM IN THEIR OWN PLACES.

      • T. Joseph: Whether you like it or not, the entire Sri Lanka is for you as well as for me. There is no specific place for you or me alone. That is why 53% of Tamils live down south among the Sinhalese. Their freedom of movement is restricted at times because of the extremists like you – LTTE rump.

        Whenever you dream about chemical bombs, that you say have killed 40,000 Tamils, think about Tamil leaders like Kidiragamar, Thirichelvam, Amirthalingam, etc and etc that your boys had killed in the name of your pipe dream – Eelam. Think about the pregnant women who detonated bombs hidden in their bosoms in vain to kill Devananda. Do you know that it is our army that protect your MPs (Sambandan etc) even today from LTTE rump.

        If you want to live in a 100% homogeneous Tamil land, you should forget Sri Lanka. Go live in Tamil Nadu.

        • T. Joseph

          A GENOCIDE HAS TAKEN PLACE IN SRI LANKA AND NONE CAN REFUSE SUCH HAS NOT HAPPENED. THE UN HAVE APPOINTED A PANEL OF EXPERTS TO FIND THESE CRIMMINALS AND PUNISH THEM ACCORDING TO INTERNATIONAL LAWS. THE GOVT. OF SRI LANKA OR THE LTTE HAS NO RIGHT OT KILL ANYONE. THE SRI LANKAN FORCES USED CHEMICAL BOMBS TO KILL OVER 40,000 INNOCENT TAMILS IN MULLIVAAIKKAAL AND THIS IS HISTORY.

          BUDDHA TAUGHT NON VIOLENCE BUT THE SRI LANKAN GOVT. USED VIOLENCE AGAINST THE TAMILS FOR THE PAST 60 YEARS.

          IF LORD BUDDHA IS ALIVE HE WILL SHED TEARS OF BLOOD

      • san

        T. Joseph, are you inside the electrified barbed wire or in a fancy ac house in dehiwala or london or vatican. Do you want the government to release these people (may be 25% are LTTE suspects who knows) without re-habilitate them. So that them come again and start war against Sri lanka to create a ealam?. May be as usual Cristian you wanted that and you like that.

    • TNA

      go fly a kite! keep dreaming

  14. Peter

    I’m a pinky. I’ve had a place in your beautiful country for 6 years. I have finally grown tired of the hassle, bureacracy, dishonesty and struggle of living in Sri Lanka. Im sure many nationalists are happy to see pinkies leave. You are welcome. I wont miss you, being honest.

  15. CitizenSrilanka

    This is the country of “Fools”

    • TNA

      you are the biggest fool

      • CitizenSrilanka

        TNA
        Hey king of fools, you type of people can be seen in I.D.H. (Angoda), when they see the “Doctor” they say “This fool is troubling us”. Go there and enjoy your life with your friends, it is completely free of charge.OK.

  16. marcus fernando

    If good governess is not practised, history will repeat. It will be too late at that time.

  17. I Hussein

    Guys – do you guys actually know what media freedom is? If not please ask someone who knows it, before writing crap. This regime is giving enough trouble to FJ and other anti-govt Journalists. They only write and let us know perhaps one 4th of the actual news/info, due to Intimidation, Apprehension & Fear.

    • CitizenSrilanka

      Very soon there may be two army groups like “Sudan” we can see in Srilanka.They are “People`s Army and “Rajapaksa`s Army”.We can see good games. Hoooooooo………..Hooooooooo…………….Hoooooooooo…………..

      • Leela

        CitizenSrilanka: If you read the comments here and think Rajapakse govrnment is unpopular, I am sorry to say but you live in a fools paradise.

        You mustn’t think comentators here represent the majority of this country. They and those that write to face book, twiter and what not are by far the minority. So, just like Fonseka at one time, you’ll be sadly mistaken if you come to conclusions on the trend of this country by those comments.

        Don’t take my word but think on this. The JVP is dead against the government and would do anything and everything they can to hurt it. Yet, they cannot even organise a successful strike on that promissed 2500 pay rise. Why? Simple answer is; Rajapakse knows what the majority wants. And the majority of the people are better off under his government than under all previous governments before his.

        He is successfull not just on the war front, but in the economic front as well.

        • CitizenSrilanka

          Hey Leela I am not saying Rajapaksa is not “Successfull”.He is successfull in his expectations because of our Srilankan brave militery, not by none of his family members today shouting like “Heros”. I know them verywell in California when I was in LA , and how they lived and came over there and what they have done over there. I honour Mahinda always for his brave action he has taken against this “F” LTTE and kicked them out of my motherland, but I am very sorry for the way after the war he is leading withn this foolish family members.But one thing I know very clearely as an educated man, It is ‘Blood is thicker than water”.But “Family and Leadership” is a completely different subject.Take “JR” as an example. One day Mahinda realises it , but then it is too late. OK.

  18. Hey Samaraweera….I am very certain that the Rajapakses hate Frederica’s guts and honest reporting…Her freedom is because she is reporting the truth and one of the very few who are not under obligation or in fear in her journalistic ways..for that we must respect her .
    We are well aware of the state owned press and TV stations who report pro-govt only and will never dare to say anything against the givt, any minister leave alone the Rajapakses..So,samaraweera…why don’t you actually think before you put pen to paper….it is not about just getting your article published in this column/forum..It is about doing so with with some substance and facts.

    • Peter Casie Chetty

      The honest Burghers were the first boat people and their journies continue seeking refuge where the pickings are better. When they are not first or second class passengers with minimum education qualifications they don’t like it!
      Honesty is a concept that the Sunday Leader cannot talk too much about. It is all about selling papers to the English speaking Tamil people or the idioyts who support the UNP! 1983 was their baby. No Burgher/ Boer will like being in South Africa/Sri lanka/Zimbabwe today when they have to be democratically aware that they are a minority. Fredica is not honest she is a Burgher!

  19. Sena

    You reap what you sew. Sri lanka deserves the Rajapaksas . They may claim to have done a good job with LTTE all what they did was to follow Indian instructions to a substantial extent to eliminate Prabaharan who had the blood of Rajiv Ghandi . The mistake they made was they did not hand him over to India but killed him with several thosands . Thats surely going to get back to them and thats whats going to get them out of power and perhaps have them in a foreign prison.

  20. Preethi

    I totally agree with Fredica’s article. First of all it is great of her to write such an article giving her correct name, as nowadays people are totally scared to talk or write the truth about srilanka. I don’t say that it is only the tamil people who are affected by this regime, I think now it’s the sinhala people of sl who is suffering a lot, as this family is chasing away the sinhala people from the country for standing up for the right thing and not bowing to their dirty ways.
    This has taken away the democratic rights of all the people.
    It is upto each and every citizen to stand up and say “no” to this kind of behaviour as we modayas are the ones who are electing them. Look around what has happend to the country afte one year of peace! It has become a mad rush for the current regime to aquire lands and what ever things they can from the north and the east. They will develop the country as well as their bank accounts!!

    • CitizenSrilanka

      Preethi, You perfectely correct,”Peace” maked Rajapaksa Family a “Place” to live with harmoney, but not to “Srilanka”

  21. Democrat

    Justice served in Cambodia today with 35 yrs prison sentence for war crime that happened 35 yrs ago. Rajapaksa will be sentenced to jail for war crime sooner than that. Until then, the poor Sri Lankans have to suffer. The only savoir could be Fonseka. Rajapaksa could have similar fate like Pramadasa, in the mean time.

  22. Burning_Issue

    Leela,

    So, I as a Tamil can go anywhere in Sri Lanka and conduct my state affaires in Tamil, right?

    What is wrong with 13+? Why not the provices can decide their own governence? What is wrong with the concept of decentralisation of power? Why, you as a Sinhala Buddhist so insecure?

  23. Justice

    You are right Democrat. In the past it was Sudan’s leader and today it was in Cambodia and the the future it will be the Rajapakse clan. We all hope for this day for what they have done to our true hero Gen. Foneska. who destroyed terrorism and wanted to give something better for the tamils than Prabakaran gave to his own people.

  24. No way. It has only piled more misery after misery upon her citizens. At least before the war there was some sort of check on the government-fear perhaps. But they sure have a free hand now to starve us and feed only themselves. Like someone said we were rid of one monster but instead now we have several monsters breathing fire all the time. But seriously, we could say that we miss the first monster, if only to humble the new ones!!!!!

  25. Saman

    Peace is better than pieces. But, Leaders must not try to rule for ever as it could bring same suffocation to masses. Whatever said and done, majority of people enjoy mental happiness and freedom than ever, of course there is room for improvement.

  26. deen

    WHY ALL TALK ONLY ABOUT TAMILS / THEIR RIGHTS ETC… WHEN WILL THAT END THEY ARE NEVER SATISFYING NOW ENOUGH TAMIL. THEY CAN WORSHIP THE COWS WHAT WE EAT. WHAT ABOUT MUSLIMS? NOW WE HAVE OUTNUMBERED TAMILS IN SL. WE WANT OUR RIGHTS. EAST IS OURS.

  27. nada

    HI Jansz
    Very fine article.Congrats! More than 75% of the commentators have poured out what the facts are.Still for all there is ample room for reconciliation on the part of greater Sinhalese masses. You have to educate the ignorant as well as the people who pretend as they were sleeping. Please make it a point to elaborate on “History repeats” in your forth coming article.

  28. Dezza

    yup, it certainly is a dark place when I visited after being gone for 35 years. All the same, after being ruled by a king for 2500 years and then going independent is culturally challenging to live without a king and being his slaves.

  29. raj

    peace through negotiations can last forever and everyone might enjoy that peace. peace through military onslaught can make the assilant happen, and vicitims to suffer!

    Real enemy is ethnic problem. Until it is killed there is no real peace!

  30. Jabba

    I am sure there will be peace at some point.

  31. marcus fernando

    I agree with the above mentioned comment.

  32. chandran-kandy

    Yes!…. the war is over. But our kitchen war is not over.Any remedy for this? chandran-kandy

  33. chandi bandi

    A no-nonsense man like Sir John Kotelawela would have known how to solve this fifty-fifty issue within 24 minutes. He would have rounded them all up and shipped them to Siberia.

  34. T. Joseph; you have writing on and on about 200,000 Tamils kept within electrified fences. What a lie. Read in the Daily Mirror today, 31/7, what D.B.S.Jayaraj has to say about them. He has written about his first hand experience with ex-LTTE fighters and black tigers that are kept in detention camps. Interesting reading.

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